When you are looking for a fun night out with your significant other, Scottsdale is full of fun date night opportunities. The city offers romantic restaurants, fun bonding activities, and opportunities to spend one-on-one time with your partner and take your relationship to the next level. If you are looking for ideas on where to go on your next date night, we’ve put together a list of our favorite spots. There is something for all personalities, from the foodies to those who are looking for an out-of-the-box adventure!
For the Adventure Seekers
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For those who love an adrenaline rush, the Octane Raceway is a fun place to plan a high-energy kart racing date. At the Octane Raceway you can race against the other go-karts on a challenging road course. The go-karts can go up to 45 mph and Octane Raceway is the only indoor/outdoor track you’ll find in the United States.
This is an easy date to plan on a whim, as you can walk-in and register to race most days of the week. If you finish your go-kart racing session and want to continue your night, Octane Racing also has an arcade full of the most popular video games, and a mini bowling area where you can sneak in a few games before you leave!
This is the perfect date activity for a couple who is looking for something new to try together or who love to be competitive. If you end up loving go-karting, Octane Racing also has Tuesday Night Leagues for those who want to take their racing to the next level and compete with others!
For the Foodies
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When you are in the mood for a delicious and romantic dining experience, make a reservation at Sophia’s Kitchen in Scottsdale. The restaurant offers wonderful Italian cuisine with entries like homemade pasta and meatballs and red snapper with risotto. For dessert, they offer decadent options like salted caramel panna cotta and creme brûlée. This is a restaurant that indulges all your senses. With their generous portions, you are guaranteed to go home feeling full from this delicious spot.
Not only is the food good, but Sophia’s Kitchen also has a beautiful and large outdoor patio with a great ambience. If you sit outside your table is likely to have a view of the McDowell Mountains. The restaurant has a fun upbeat atmosphere and is a great choice when you are in the mood for Italian food with a view.
For the Brewery Enthusiasts
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If your perfect date night includes enjoying your favorite local brew, the Scottsdale Ale Trail is the date activity for you! The Ale Trail is a map you can follow with some of the best local breweries down in the Scottsdale Old Town area. It’s easy to follow the map and walk between each stop, making it a fun way to discover some new breweries in the area. With over 14 stops on the Ale Trail, it might take you more than a few date nights to make it to all the spots on the list!
Some of the highlights from the trail include Goldwater Brewing Co. and Craft 64. This is a great activity to get your friends involved in as well. You might end up meeting some new beer-loving friends along the way as you explore the Ale Trail.
For The Golf Fans
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Scottsdale is a golf mecca with lots of opportunities to turn your favorite sport into a fun date night activity. For those who are just looking to do something fun, try Glow Putt Mini Golf in Scottsdale, where you get to play a round of mini golf in the dark! All of the holes are lit up with bright neon lights and designs, making this a more unique experience than your average game of mini golf.
This is an affordable date night option too! 18 holes of mini golf costs only $10 a person, and it costs $5 to add additional holes after that. It usually takes about an hour to make it through the whole course, so you can pair this activity with a fun dinner out to extend your evening.
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For those who are looking for a different type of golfing experience, Scottsdale is home to one of the TopGolf locations in the US. This location is right off the 101 highway on Talking Stick Way, and you can appreciate expansive desert views while you play. This is a great spot for a midweek date night, as they have half price game night on Tuesday, where all game play is half off all night.
You don’t need to have any golfing experience to enjoy an evening out at TopGolf. It’s a golfing game, where you can score points by hitting the golf balls out into the targets on the outfield. You can compete against your partner and practice your golf swing! TopGolf also offers an extensive dining menu so you can eat while you play, making it an activity you can enjoy all night.
For the Coffee Lovers
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For the early risers and coffee lovers, consider going on a date to JoJo Coffeehouse down by Old Town Scottsdale. This fun spot is a breakfast destination that offers a variety of breakfast and brunch foods. While all the food on the menu looks delicious, coffee is their signature item. This is the perfect place to really fulfill your weekend caffeine fix.
JoJo Coffeehouse has a really unique coffee flight option that comes with five coffee offerings, including a cold brew, mocha, latte, caramel macchiato, and white mocha. While this might be too much coffee for one person to drink, when split with your partner it makes for a fun date together trying all the unique flight blends! If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, pair your coffee flight with Death By Chocolate pancakes, covered in Nutella and whipped cream.
The best time to go is on a Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 am-2 pm when they have their live music during brunch. Sit back, drink your coffee and enjoy great music performances.
For the Horseback Riders
For the equine enthusiasts, consider planning a horseback riding date. There are lots of trail riding spots throughout the Valley that offer scenic horseback rides. MacDonald’s Ranch is one of the best riding stables where you can take trail rides through the Sonoran Desert. This activity is best for a date night in the fall through spring when the days are cooler and it’s more enjoyable to be out on a horse for several hours, but MacDonald’s Ranch does offer early morning rides through the summer as well.
It costs $80 to go for a 90 minute desert ride. This activity is accessible for everyone, whether you are an expert rider or have never ridden before. For an extra romantic experience, book their moonlight ride option, which is offered in the four days leading up to the full moon each month. On this magical horseback ride, you get to experience the sun setting over the desert while you ride.
The next time you are feeling uninspired while planning a date night, consult this list! There are a lot of unique date night opportunities in Scottsdale that allow you to do something exciting and different with your loved one while exploring the city.